Do you love dogs but have always avoided having one because of your allergies? Well feel rest assured, as you could easily have a dog without constantly saying “achoo”.
This is because there are many non-shedding dog breeds for people with allergies. These breeds are often referred to as “hypoallergenic dogs” because they either shed little or not at all. Shedding dogs can wreak havoc on people with allergies, as the dander and saliva present on the hair can easily irritate the sinuses.
However, with dogs that shed little or not at all, their hair (or fur) won’t be spread all over the house and living quarters, reducing or in some cases eliminating the allergic effect a dog can have on its owner(s). Although there’s no scientific proof that a 100% hypoallergenic dog does exist, there’s certainly evidence that the less a dog sheds, the less allergic you’ll be to it.
If you’re interested in getting a dog that’s good for allergies, consider one of from this list of hypoallergenic dogs:
Top Large Hypoallergenic Dogs:
1. Standard Poodle
Poodles come in all sizes including the standard size, which makes for a pretty large dog. Poodles don’t shed and as a result are often viewed as good dogs for allergies sufferers. And have you ever wondered why poodles are almost always featured in circuses? Well it’s because they’re exceptionally intelligent, so much so that they are often regarded as the most intelligent dog breed out there. So if you’re looking for a non-allergenic dog that’s smart and good at tricks, a poodle could definitely be a good choice.
Basenjis are a very cute medium sized dog that don’t shed and also (quite miraculously!) don’t bark. Yes that’s right, you’ll never have to worry about your dog barking at the mail man or the neighbors when you own a basenji. Originating from central Africa, they’re known for being affectionate, alert and energetic but fairly reserved with strangers. These dogs can take a while to warm up to you, but once you’ve earned their trust, they’ll be your trusty companion for the rest of their days.
Have you always wanted a Labrador but know you’re too allergic to cope with one? Then why not try the next best thing – a labradoodle! This trendy hybrid dog is a Labrador crossed with the previously praised Poodle, which usually means it will either have minimal shed or no shed at all. Labradoodles are also absolutely adorable appearance wise, resembling giant teddy bears. They’re also known for having the intelligence of a poodle and the fun loving attitude of the beloved Labrador. This is among the best hypoallergenic dog choice for families.
4. Airedale Terrier
The Airedale Terrier has the rare but charming quality of always appearing like her or she is smiling, and is also a rare example of a large dog that doesn’t shed. Originating from Yorkshire, England, these dogs are known for being full of curiosity, very friendly and good with children. They are also good with other animals, including cats. The Airedale Terrier was originally bred to be a working dog, so if you’re looking for an allergy friendly dog that doesn’t mind spending lots of times outdoors with you, then an Airedale Terrier could be your ideal canine companion.
5. Giant Schnauzer
The Giant Schnauzer somewhat resembles the Airedale Terrier, but originates from 17th century Germany. Bred as a working dog, it is also great outdoors and has been used both as a farmer’s dog and as a police dog. Giant Schnauzers are known for being relatively reserved with strangers, but friendly and affectionate once they get to know someone. They are also known for being gentle with children and deeply loyal to their owner. Another good choice for the outdoorsy types, a Giant Schnauzer should make a loyal pet.
Top Small Hypoallergenic Dogs:
1. Bichon Frisé
The Bichon Frisé is one of the friendliest little dogs you’ll ever meet, and due to their poodle like fur, they’re an excellent dog for people with allergies. These friendly little dogs love human company and can get very depressed when left alone, so they’re an ideal dog for the retired or anyone that works from home. They also are known for being very healthy dogs, with an average lifespan of 12-13. Friendly and super cute in appearance, Bichon Frisé are a great small hypoallergenic dog choice.
2. Chinese Crest
The Chinese Crest is one of the funniest looking dogs known to man, making them a bit of a required taste. Almost bald, save for a bit of fur on their head, paws and tail, their lack of much fur makes them a suitable dog for many people that are allergic to dogs. Just don’t let their offbeat appearance put you off; as once you get to know them you’ll see that they’re actually pretty cute in an eccentric kind of way. What’s more, they have great personalities, known for becoming particularly attached to their owners but also energetic and playful to most people they meet. In addition to this, they are another very healthy small breed, with an average lifespan of 12-14 years.
3. Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkshire Terriers are a trendy “pocket dog” due to their small size and cute appearance, but don’t let their innocent look fool you! They can be quite feisty and are known for their larger than life personalities. Their non shed fur is almost human like and can grow incredibly long, making them a popular choice for dog shows and show business. They are also highly intelligent and are fairly easy to train. Spunky and playful, these dogs are great for anyone that wants a little dog with a big personality.
4. Bedlington Terrier
The Bedlington Terrier looks more like a lamb than a dog, but is actually a vivacious terrier that’s known for its tenacious personality. They were bred to hunt vermin in mines but despite their desire to hunt they are known for being great with children of all ages. They don’t shed at all which makes them one of the best dogs for allergies. Plus, their fur really feels like that of a sheep or lamb. Full of personality and highly intelligent, these are another big personality dogs stuck in small bodies.
5. Shih Tzu
The Shih Tzu is a toy breed that doesn’t shed and is renowned for its loyal and outgoing personality. These dogs absolutely love to be around people, and make fantastic companions for the elderly. They also are good with children and other dog breeds, and can live surprisingly long – up to 16 years. Shih Tzus have such pleasant personalities that they’re a good pick for virtually anyone that wants a non-allergenic dog.
All of the above dogs either shed minimally or none at all and all have very desirable personalities and temperaments. Just bear in mind when you consider hypoallergenic dog breeds that although they won’t shed (or that much) they will need regular grooming (often around every 6 weeks) to keep their fur in healthy condition. This can become quite expensive, so only take on one of these non shedding dogs if you can absolutely afford it. That being said, if you have allergies but desperately want a dog, they’ll likely turn out to be more than worth the investment.
Good luck in finding your future canine companion!